Joint Remote Indigenous School Council Gathering

A remote Indigenous school council gathering was held in Yirrkala from 4-6th May 2016. This was facilitated as a partnership between the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor - Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University and the Yambirrpa Schools Council through the WCE initiative.

Schools and orginisations represented

A remote Indigenous school council gathering was held in Yirrkala from 4-6th May 2016. This was facilitated as a partnership between the Office of Pro Vice Chancellor - Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University and the Yambirrpa Schools Council through the WCE initiative.

Strengthening education governance and leadership in remote and very remote schools is a key foundation for improving Indigenous education journeys for children and youth in the Northern Territory (NT). The planning and delivery of a joint school council gathering provided a safe environment for school council representatives to share stories and acknowledge the challenges and successes of school councils across the NT. The joint school council gathering included representatives from:

Schools and orginisations represented

  • Yambirrpa Schools Council
  • Shepherdson College School Council
  • Maningrida College Council
  • Gunbalanya School Council
  • Yuendumu School Council
  • Tennant Creek High School Council
  • Tennant Creek Primary School Council
  • Charles Darwin University
  • Northern Territory Department of Education

This included 20 Indigenous representatives, including Professor Steven Larkin, Pro Vice Chancellor – Indigenous Leadership at CDU.

Feedback received from Suzanne Peckham, Senior Consultant Community Engagement with the Northern Territory Department of Education nicely summaries the experience: 

NT School Council representatives gathered at Yirrkala to share and explore future teaching and learning methodologies, cultural practices, mentoring, coaching and supporting the younger Indigenous generation in their desire and aspirations in higher learning. It was such a heart-warming feeling to be surrounded by passionate long term educational practitioners and to hear their intellectual knowledge and their learning journeys.

A key output from the gathering was the identification of key focus areas that need further investment and support. These are outlined in a collective school council statement on remote Indigenous education developed during the gathering.

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Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

Whole of Community Engagement Initiative

The Whole of Community Engagement (WCE) initiative has been operating through the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership at Charles Darwin University for the past two and half years.

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Evaluating WCE

We have been working hard with our partners and stakeholders to get feedback and to document and share our key findings and achievements.

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